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AHS Senior Brooke Schocke Brings Historical Piece to Azle ISD

Updated April 1, 2022

Azle High School now has a unique piece of World War II history on permanent display thanks to AHS senior Brooke Schocke and her passion and dedication toUSS Arizona display case ensuring future generations remember the legacies of our veterans.

Schocke secured a piece of the USS Arizona battleship through the USS Arizona Relics Program, which was dedicated to Azle High School during a special ceremony on Wednesday, March 31, 2022, and placed on permanent display in the school highlighting the attack on Pearl Harbor.

During the special dedication ceremony, guests heard from Nikki Stratton, who is the granddaughter of one of the few survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Donald Stratton. Other speakers included JoAnn George whose father saved Stratton that day, and Teri Mann, whose uncle died during the attack. Other WWII veterans also attended the event.

Azle High School is the first high school in Texas and one of only a few in the nation to have a piece of the USS Arizona on permanent display.

March 25, 2022

The Azle ISD community is invited to a special dedication ceremony at the Azle High School auditorium on Wednesday, March 30 at 6 p.m.

AHS senior Brooke Schocke has secured a piece of the USS Arizona battleship through the USS Arizona Relics Program, which will be dedicated to Azle HighUSS Arizona ship sinking School and placed on permanent display highlighting the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The USS Arizona battleship sank during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, killing 1,177 crewmen and leaving approximately 350 survivors.

Azle High School will be the only high school in the state of Texas and one of only a few high schools in the United States proudly displaying such a historical piece. 

Brooke’s passion for this project developed as a young 13-year-old Azle ISD student when she met her hero, Pearl Harbor survivor Donald Stratton. Her mission became to help Stratton fulfill his dream of making sure people remember what he and his USS Arizona shipmates encountered on that terrible day.

Schocke with USS Arizona pieceThe impression Stratton made on Brooke led her to create a 501c3 nonprofit charity called “A Hero’s Dream” with the purpose of preserving the legacies and stories of all veterans. 

"Donald Stratton opened my eyes to a new part of the world, gave me friendship and opportunities I never would’ve dreamed of, and made a lasting impression on my life," said Schocke. "I aspire to be a professor teaching American history and continue to tell stories like Donald’s to future generations."

Stratton's son, Randy, will be in attendance for the dedication ceremony along with his daughter Nikki, granddaughter of Donald Stratton and Navy Ambassador for the State of Colorado. The ceremony will also include special guest speakers and WWII veterans.

Learn more about the USS Arizona from Naval History and Heritage Command.

USS Arizona Dedication Ceremony March 30, 2022, 6 pm at AHS